"If we artist are being completly honest with ourselves, every paintining is a self-portrait."
Ned Martin
Ned Martin is an American Artist.
His oil paintings are of the new
genre: Abstract Photorealism.

Ned Martin has become known for his photorealism paintings, stemming out of his classical training including the grinding and mixing of paints, emphasis on skilled drawing, and many years painting en plein aire including in the fields of Scotland and along la Seine in Paris.  By utilizing scrubbing, scratching, and scrapping layers of textured paint until a realistic form reveals itself, Martin created a visually complex work that with closer scrutiny, the viewer is delighted to discover broken impressionistic layers of paint that imply realism.  These paintings are a reflection of the dichotomy: very calming when viewed from afar, and abstract/maniacal when examined closely. 

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